Simply not powerful enough.

That was the verdict of former Ireland captain Donal Lenihan following New Zealand's six-try to three victory at Eden Park.

The hosts, defending a 46-game unbeaten streak in Auckland, awoke from a first-quarter slumber to rack up 42 points against an Irish outfit that were looking for a first-ever victory on New Zealand soil.

Andy Farrell’s side had 58% possession and 60% territory, while conceding 10 penalties to New Zealand’s 15.

But Ian Foster’s men used the ball better and once the tide turned, there only looked like one winner.

"[Ireland] were outstanding in the opening 20 minutes, really varied their game well, carried the ball well, very inventive in attack," Lenihan, on commentary duty with RTÉ’s Game On, said.

"They went into a 5-0 lead and then a horrible sequence of events going against them.

"There’s no doubt New Zealand lifted the level of physicality in the second quarter but [Johnny] Sexton going off [for a HIA], that [Sevu Reece] intercept try, one or two dodgy bounces have gone New Zealand’s way.

"But, that said, New Zealand were in total control in the last 15 minutes [of the half]."

Trailing 28-5 at the break, Garry Ringrose crossed early in the second half but the All Blacks hit back with two more scores and despite a prolonged spell of pressure, Bundee Aki’s late try was all they had to show.

"It was an amazing Test match really, Ireland owned the opening quarter but they didn’t have enough points on the board," added Lenihan.

"At the vital times of the game, it was class from New Zealand. Beauden Barrett, Aaron Smith, Ardie Svea were outstanding, you have to take your hat off.

"Ireland showed character in hanging in there but they just didn’t have the power and the physicality to deal with the overall threat that New Zealand brought tonight.

"Defensively they were outstanding."